All our Plan documents are available to view on the 'Resources' tab at the top of the page.
It was only in November 2014 that the Parish Council decided to go down the route of creating a Neighbourhood Plan, driven by the fact that Rother District Council's own Plan contains a requirement to find space to build at least 155 new dwellings in Robertsbridge, up to 2028. The reasoning was simple - that it would be better for those in the local community to have a say in where new housing is built, plus the added incentive of an increased amount of the new Community Infrastructure Levy coming directly to the parish when a Neighbourhood Plan is in place.
Roll forward to March 2017 and much has happened. The Parish Council's Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has produced a comprehensive plan, identifying not only preferred sites for housing, but also covering such matters as: protection of green spaces and the environment generally, support for footpaths and bridleways, future provision for all three of our schools and much more.
The draft plan was consulted on by the Parish Council in September to November last year, and many of you put forward your refinements to the ideas of the Steering Group - a process called Reg. 14 Consultation. It was revised in the light of comments received and then submitted to Rother District Council (RDC) in December (Reg. 15). Reg. 16 stage followed, which included a further round of consultation, this time led by RDC, as the Planning Authority.
From 10th February to 24th March, residents had the opportunity to examine the plan documents, and submit comments to RDC.
RDC will send the results from this round of consultation to an independent examiner, who will review the Plan and all the evidence that has been gathered. The examiner will produce a report but can call for a public hearing in the village if there is anything of serious concern. His/her report will then go to RDC and the Parish Council. It may suggest certain modifications need to be made to the Plan, and RDC officers will make a recommendation on what to do next to RDC's Cabinet and Full Council (what a number of hoops we have to jump through!)
If Cabinet and Full Council both agree, the Plan will then go to a referendum of all eligible electors in the parish. At the moment we cannot be certain when this will be, but we promise that we shall do all we can to ensure it happens as soon as possible.
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Mr John Slater has been appointed as the Independent Examiner to undertake the Examination of our NP. Details of the Examination will follow as soon as we have them.
Rother District Council is currently collating the responses received to their consultation; they will be published on their website in due course.